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life history

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noun Biology.
  1. the series of living phenomena exhibited by an organism in the course of its development from inception to death.
  2. life cycle(def 1).

Origin of life history

First recorded in 1865–70
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Examples from the Web for life history

Historical Examples

  • The paper was a contribution to the life-history of this minute insect.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 447, July 26, 1884

    Various

  • There may now be a certain sacramental character in the life-history.

  • They had progressed, in the usual manner, from argument to life-history.

    Pagan Passions

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • Such, then, is the brief outline of the life-history of one of Nature's water babies.

  • What she had been in the life-history of Sally and Jim they both knew.

    Northern Lights

    Gilbert Parker


British Dictionary definitions for life history

life history

noun
  1. the series of changes undergone by an organism between fertilization of the egg and death
  2. the series of events that make up a person's life
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